Ajay Lodha, a well-known leader and prominent physician of the Indian American community, died in the US on 21 November. He was struggling with the Kovid-19 for the past eight months after the Coronavirus became infected. Dr. Ajay Lodha, 58, was also the former President of the Organization of American Physicians of Indian Origin (API). He is survived by his wife Smita, son Amit and daughter Shweta.
Struggled eight months from Kovid-19
Expressing deep grief on Twitter on behalf of the New York-based Consul General of India, he was described as a prominent member of the Indian-American community. AAPI's current president, Reform Jonnalagadda, described his death as a dark day in the organization's history. Dr. Anupama Gautimukula, who is going to become the new president, described her as a reflection of the struggle of the health workers with the corona.
Vasundhara Raje, the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, expressed her sorrow for her contribution to the Indian American community, especially those settled in the US from Rajasthan. Prem Bhandari, Chairman of Jaipur Foot America, KK Sharma, former Director-General of BSF, Dr. Ravi Koli, Vice President of AAPI, also recalled his social work on his death.
Dr. Ajay Lodha was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2016. In 2008, he was awarded Physician of the Year by the Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation. He was the Chairman of AAPI in 2015-16.